Can I Get Married In Austria?

Austria is a magnificent country. It has beautiful cities and breathtaking mountains. The people are friendly and the culture is welcoming.

You do not need to be resident in Austria to get married here, but there is quite a large amount of documentation that is required. Because of this, it is recommended to hire a local wedding planner who can assist you with the documentation and liase with the local standesamt on your behalf.

In Austria, a legally binding marriage ceremony can only be performed by the local registery office, the STANDESAMT. This civil ceremony (standesamtliche trauung) requires you both to attend along with 2 witnesses, where you are asked in turn if you wish to be married, for which you simply answer “yes” (“Ja” in German). The ceremony itself takes around 20-30 minutes and is quite matter-of-fact. Most couples then select to have a church blessing (kirchliche trauung) or a free ceremony (freie trauung) to celebrate their marriage and personalise it to them and their beliefs.

Standesamtliche Trauung – The Legal Part

To get married in Austria, you must present the standesamt with proof of your eligibility to marry and proof of no impediment. You must submit these documents to the local standesamt no earlier than six months before your requested wedding date, who will then issue you with a certificate of marriageability, which is valid for 6 months. If you are not resident in Austria, they must be submitted via the Standesamt in charge of the First District of Vienna (Standesamt Wien-Innere Stadt, Schlesingerplatz 4, A-1082 Vienna). Approval usually takes around 2 weeks, but can take up to 6 weeks in larger cities.

For couples from the UK, the following documents are required, in original or certified copes, which must be accompanied by a translated copy in German from an Austrian sword and certified translator. For some documents an apostile may also be required.

  • Passport or certified copy of passport

  • Full UK birth certificate which includes the names of both parents

  • Certificate of No Impediment together with an apostille and a translation

  • Proof of residency (e.g. drivers license with address)

  • Photocopies of the picture page of the passports for your two witnesses, listing their name, address and occupation.

  • If you are divorced – a decree absolute & previous marriage certificates

  • If you have changed your name – deed poll

 When registering your intent to marry at the standesamt, they will ask what name you will take after the marriage, so it’s a good idea to think about this before the wedding.

For further information on the legal requirements for getting married in Austria please contact the Austrian Embassy in your country of residence:

Australia
Austrian Embassy Canberra
12 Talbot Street
Forrest ACT 2603
Tel: (+61/2) 6295 1533
Fax: (+61/2) 6239 6751

Canada
Austrian Embassy Ottawa
445 Wilbrod Street
Ottawa, ON K1N 6M7
Tel: +1 613 789 1444
Fax: +1 613 789 3431

Hongkong
Austrian Consulate General
2201 Chinachem Tower
34-37 Connaught Road
Central, Hongkong
Tel: +852 2522 8086
Fax: +852 2521 8773

Ireland
Austrian Embassy
15 Ailesbury Court
93 Ailesbury Road
Dublin 4
Tel: 01 269 4577 / 269 1451
Fax: 01 283 0860 E.Mail:dublin-ob@bmaa.gv.at

United Kingdom
Austrian Embassy London
18 Belgrave Mews West
London SW1X 8HU
Tel: (+44/20) 7344 3250
Fax: (+44/20) 7344 0292

United States
3524 International Court
NW, Washington DC 20008-3035
Tel: (202) 895-6700
Fax: (202) 895-6750

 

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